Sunday, February 14, 2010

Boundaries of Protection

Of all the boundaries that I have discussed, I believe this is the most beneficial to our spiritual growth. Life is all about boundaries and the way we operate in them. When we live within God’s boundaries, we find peace and fulfillment, when we live out of bounds; we find chaos and pain of every kind.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe. I prepared for the trip by learning a bit of the language and customs, so that I would “fit in” so to speak. Even with all my preparations, once I arrived I quickly realized I was in a foreign land. Trying to navigate life outside of God's Word is like being in a foreign land.

So what is the boundary of protection? Jesus said it best in this statement, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. I have loved you even as the father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my father and remain in his love.” (John 15: 5, 9-10 NLT).

The Boundary of Protection in a word, “Trust”. It is understanding the of sovereignty of Almighty God and believing in his goodness toward us. Jesus knew the Father and knew his mission, and knew the protective boundary. Jesus trusted the Father no matter what came his way. He was not going on his own, but knew the Father was leading him in the right path through the Holy Spirit.

If we have trouble, illness or struggles in our life, it does not mean that we are out side of the protective boundary? No not at all, Paul said, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or are in danger or threatened with death? Even the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep” No despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”” (Romans 8: 35-37, Psalms 44:22 NLT). We must place our hope, trust that God has lead is to it, and he will lead us through it.

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Don’t be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” (Psalms 32: 8-9 NLT)

Are you living within the protective boundaries? Do you have peace in your life and peace with others? Or are you pointing the finger of blame because of your bitterness and discontent.

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